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Crawley student beats thousands to win national business award

A student from Holy Trinity School in Crawley who set up a business as part of the National Tenner Challenge, run by Young Enterprise, has won the Tenner for Good award for their business ‘paper petals’ where he sold bouquets of paper flowers for use in hospitals.

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Timothee Hawksley, Year 10, from Holy Trinity School receives his award.

Students were given £10 and four weeks to set up a business and make as much profit as they could.

This is the 7th year of the Tenner Challenge, and this year over 26,000 students took part. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony on the 8th of May, held at the Moorgate Auditorium in London.

The Tenner Programme gives students an opportunity to develop key employability skills and develop a better understanding of the connection between what they learn in school and how they can apply that learning in the world of work. 84% of teachers were attracted to the Tenner Challenge for the ‘real experience’ it offers to young people.

Students have a business idea and use this start-up capital to make it happen, using real money to take calculated risks to gain first-hand business experience of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.  At the end of the month participants asked to return their £10 pledges with a £1 legacy donation to enable Young Enterprise to support even more people the following year. Students are free to keep their remaining profits, which many donate to a charity of their choice.

Michael Mercieca, Young Enterprise Chief Executive, said:  

“The Tenner programme is critical for driving entrepreneurship among young people. Every year, we hear new stories come about from all different walks of life.

“The challenge has a real impact on the young people’s employability skills and will help to encourage students to reach their full potential.”

Sarah John, Chief Cashier at the Bank of England and a guest speaker at the awards night, said: 

“It was a privilege to meet the winners of the Tenner Challenge Awards and hear about all their entrepreneurial endeavours. The challenge is a great way to encourage students to build new skills and work in a team. It is great to see how far a tenner can go!”

Louise McMenamin, Teacher at Holy Trinity School, said:

“We have run this enterprise activity over the past few years and it is a fun, engaging and creative way in which to broaden young people’s minds into the possibilities of life beyond school.

Past participants of this challenge have progressed onto our Head Team and this is proof of how early embedding of enterprise skills and attitudes can be nurtured in the school environment.”

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Crawley pupils reduce local CO2 by Three Tonnes

In just two weeks Crawley school children reduced local air pollution by six kilogrammes of dangerous nitrogen oxide (NOx) and almost three tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) by walking, biking and scootering to school, instead of travelling by car.

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Pupils at Waterfield Primary School with Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability and Patrick Alexander, Bike It Officer at Sustrans.

As part of cycling and walking charity Sustrans’ annual Big Pedal challenge, children from eight Crawley schools used human power for an astonishing 18,284 journeys. 

This comes hard on the heels of two important new pieces of research:

  • Sustrans published YouGov data in March which showed that almost two-thirds (63%) of teachers would support a school gate vehicle ban during drop-off and pick-up times and that more than half (59%) want urgent Government action to improve air quality near schools
  • Public Health England called on local authorities in March to limit transport emissions urgently, banning idling car engines around schools and investing in foot and cycle paths.

NOx can cause breathing problems, reduced lung function and damage teeth. CO2 is a major contributor to climate change. In Crawley children travelled 12,655 miles actively during the challenge, which equates to travelling almost half way around the world. The reduction in CO2 and NOx was calculated by comparing this to the amount generated if all these journeys had been taken by car.

Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said:

“It is fantastic to see an increasing number of schools in Crawley taking part in the Sustrans Big Pedal, whilst promoting sustainable travel to young people.”

Children at Waterfield Primary have won special recognition from Sustrans for their Big Pedal achievements, receiving a certificate in a presentation attended by Cllr Geraint Thomas. The Bike It Crew at Waterfield Primary are notoriously competitive. They held a Bike It Breakfast, Bling your Bike and daily assemblies to mass up a total of 4,386 journeys and a total score of 76.91%. 

Justin Moss, the Deputy Head of Waterfield Primary said,

“Our pupils are so motivated when it comes to travelling sustainably; they’re also very competitive. They walk, scoot and cycle regularly so the Big Pedal has been amazing for us over the past few years. We regularly talk about the benefits of exercise with the children in whole school assemblies and because of this the children understand the differences it can make to their moods and their ability to engage in their learning.

“At Waterfield we have an elected Bike It Crew and the Big Pedal is their biggest job during the year. They have worked tirelessly to encourage teachers and children to continue to travel sustainably as well as organising events and judging the Bling your Bike competition. I am extremely proud of them and all of their achievements this year.”

Hot on their heels was Seymour Primary, who organised Bike Days for all children from years three to six. These days provided an opportunity for children to progress their bike skills and have a go on the bike obstacle course. On these days the school was flooded with bicycles, scooters and active children.

Across Crawley eight schools took part, from a potential 35. While we can’t say what the impact would be if it was replicated across Crawley even just for two school terms these findings raise interesting questions.

Sustrans’ Regional Director for the South, James Cleeton, said,

“The children, families and schools of Crawley have shown how individuals can dramatically improve the world around them, by replacing cars with human power for just part of the daily routine.

“These children haven’t just prevented the emission of dangerous, invisible pollutants around their schools, but they’ve improved their mental and physical health, giving all of them a better start to the school day.

“At Sustrans, we’re so grateful to every local authority, school, teacher, parent and child who has helped make this possible. What a great start to summer – and a glimpse of what school mornings in Crawley could be like in future.”

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